Mara of the Wilderness Film Details
Overview: A young woman who has lived only with the wolves for company in the wilds of Alaska is discovered by an anthropologist and, at the same time, by a brutal hunter.
Tagline: A child of nature! Untamed! Untouched! Survives all nature’s fury
Review: This is a fun, modest film with a lot going for it. Beautiful scenic footage of Deschutes National Forest in Oregon, passing for Alaskan wilderness, threatens a travelogue but there are some entertaining actors, including some of the animals (not the bear). It’s the same set-up as Tarzan, but a female is orphaned in Alaska instead of Africa and she is raised by wolves instead of apes. Mara is played by the gorgeous Lori (Linda) Saunders (best known as Bobbie Jo from Petticoat Junction) who is sporting a fur bathing suit before Raquel Welch though it’s not a bikini. Mara enjoys laughing while bathing a few times and while she eats raw meat (off camera) and has gone primitive she manages to apply her eyeliner quite well. Mara is quick to scrap and whips her knife out often but it seems odd when she runs away at the big battle climax. Lori has a good rapport with the wolf actors and though she only grunts, has some good facial expressions. It looks like she did most of her stunts and you got to give her credit for running around the wilderness in bare feet. The pre-Batman Adam West plays the anthropologist lead and gets into some pretty violent fights including one that ends up with a pair of wolf traps clamping into him. West works nicely with the animals as well and gets a raccoon sidekick. The evil, sadistic trapper almost steals the show as played by the excellent and prolific Theodore Marcuse who died just a few years later. He was a familiar face to 1960s TV, usually playing villainous Germans or Russians on Hogan’s Heroes and Man from U.N.C.L.E. He even met up with Batman later as Von Bloheim. Had he lived he probably would’ve gone to greater acting heights and fame in the 1970s. Mara of the Wilderness is an amusing diversion, professionally made and with some 1960s TV icons of interest to fans wanting to see these actors in other roles. A 1988 video is long out of print and the movie doesn’t seem to be broadcast any more.
Duration: 90 min
Also known as: Mara la salvaje,Mara Das Selvas,Mara of the Wilderness,L’uomo, la vergine, i lupi,Valley of the White Wolves